In Washington, near the Supreme Court, rallies of supporters and opponents of Amy Connie Barrett’s approval for the post of Chief Justice took place
On Saturday, mass actions under the auspices of the Women’s March were again held in many cities of the United States. Organizers hoped to attract many attendees despite the country’s ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Organizers of the Washington march focused on a range of political issues pushed by left-wing politicians, including the vote against President Donald Trump and the protest over the conservative Justice Amy Connie Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. She, in accordance with the plans of the Republicans, should take the place of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who held a liberal position in the highest judicial body of the country..
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The National Park Service issued a permit to the organizers of the march in Washington for a rally with the participation of 6 to 10 thousand people. As reported by Agence France-Presse, the scale of today’s march in Washington and other cities was significantly smaller compared to previous years due to the coronavirus pandemic..
The organizers called on people who are afraid to take personal part in mass events to participate in a “socially remote telephone marathon”, during which five million text messages were sent to voters urging them to come to polling stations on November 3.
Muted Women’s March goes on during pandemic
The march in Washington DC began near the White House, then the participants headed for the Capitol and the National Mall. After that, some protesters headed to the Supreme Court building..
Washington, October 17, 2020
On Saturday, the Supreme Court hosted a counter-protest organized by the conservative Forum of Independent Women. The rally under the slogan “I’m with her” was dedicated to supporting the confirmation of the candidacy of Judge Barrett.
Most of the participants in the march in Washington, according to Agence France-Presse, were wearing protective masks, some participants donned the traditional uniform of the late Judge Ginzburg – a black robe with a white lace collar.
About 300 people gathered in Washington Square in downtown Manhattan, New York, many of whom donned pink knitted hats in honor of the first Women’s March. In their hands they carried posters in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the Democratic contenders for the White House. In total, five separate marches were held in New York on Saturday, according to Agence France-Presse..
The organizers of the Women’s March said participants were encouraged to wear masks and social distancing due to the pandemic. Earlier, they also assured that they would take all possible measures so that people living in areas where the number of coronavirus infections had increased in recent days could not take part in the march. The organizers asked the Americans to participate more actively in local marches and not travel long distances.
Hundreds of similar rallies and events took place across the country on Saturday. Some of them are virtual or in the format of a car caravan in connection with the pandemic. One of the marches began near the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, where Judge Ginsburg received her law degree..
The main reason for the march this year is the Republican-planned confirmation of Barrett’s candidacy, which is due in the Senate next week. As a result, a conservative majority may emerge in the Supreme Court – six conservative judges against three liberals. Democrats worried Barrett could vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark court order that secured federal women’s right to abortion.
Washington, October 17, 2020
The first Women’s March took place in 2017, when millions of people gathered to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump. Participants in subsequent marches demanded an increase in the representation of women in government at all levels.
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